Hello Jill,

I have been reading your email newsletters and web postings for quite awhile now and am hoping you may be able to help me.

I work for a technology company and we run our website in-house. We make small website changes just about every week where we regenerate a few pages at a time. At the beginning of October we regenerated our entire site and ran into a very strange problem. All of a sudden all our search results were showing up under one of our old domain names. This old domain still exists because we have multiple domains in the same server with the same IP address. These domains are all pointing to the same content.

However, we have one main domain that we actively use and that almost all our website traffic normally comes through.

Do you have any ideas or could you point me to someone who may be able to help? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


Jill's Response

Hi Tessa,

You'll want to set up a 301 redirect from your old domain to your new, which should fix things. See the 301-redirect thread mentioned previously.

However, if your new domain is less than a year old, you may wish to use a 302 redirect temporarily due to possible Google "aging delay" issues.

Good luck!


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December 19, 2006

CEO and founder of High Rankings®, Jill Whalen has been performing search engine optimization since 1995 and is the host of the free High Rankings Advisor search engine marketing newsletter, author of "The Nitty-gritty of Writing for the Search Engines" and founder/administrator of the popular High Rankings Search Engine Optimization Forum. In 2006, Jill co-founded SEMNE, a local search engine marketing networking organization for people and companies in New England.

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